Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.
Laura Zhou
Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

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Can Beijing take advantage of relocation of US troops in South Korea to improve ties with Seoul?

Move could help ease tensions between Beijing and Seoul, but analysts say it is unlikely to represent any major shift in allegiance.

21 Sep 2019 - 3:45AM

Move could help ease tensions between Beijing and Seoul, but analysts say it is unlikely to represent any major shift in allegiance.

Can Beijing take advantage of relocation of US troops in South Korea to improve ties with Seoul?
US unlikely to soften stance on China even with more moderate Robert O’Brien as national security adviser, analysts say

Robert O’Brien is less experienced that his predecessor so Donald Trump is expected to continue to drive foreign policy.

20 Sep 2019 - 10:33AM

Robert O’Brien is less experienced that his predecessor so Donald Trump is expected to continue to drive foreign policy.

US unlikely to soften stance on China even with more moderate Robert O’Brien as national security adviser, analysts say
How Chinese access to Chilean port could give Antarctic exploration activities a boost

Beijing is in talks with Chile over use of the Punta Arenas port ‘for the realisation of projects at their bases located in the Antarctic continent’.

19 Sep 2019 - 5:51PM

Beijing is in talks with Chile over use of the Punta Arenas port ‘for the realisation of projects at their bases located in the Antarctic continent’.

How Chinese access to Chilean port could give Antarctic exploration activities a boost
India challenging China’s influence in the South China Sea with outreach to Russia and other regional powers, analysts say

India and Russia have agreed to launch a maritime route that would partly go through the hotly contested waters. They say they could ramp up their military and technological collaboration.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:27PM

India and Russia have agreed to launch a maritime route that would partly go through the hotly contested waters. They say they could ramp up their military and technological collaboration.

India challenging China’s influence in the South China Sea with outreach to Russia and other regional powers, analysts say
Giant China crane ship turns up near Vietnamese coast

Beijing stretches Hanoi’s maritime capacity after weeks of tension in South China Sea.

5 Sep 2019 - 6:06PM

Beijing stretches Hanoi’s maritime capacity after weeks of tension in South China Sea.

Giant China crane ship turns up near Vietnamese coast
China, US rivalry in Pacific may heat up as Solomon Islands looks to switch ties from Taipei to Beijing

Task force is reportedly evaluating diplomatic relations with self-ruled island, while a delegation went to Beijing to discuss potentially switching allegiance.

4 Sep 2019 - 10:18AM

Task force is reportedly evaluating diplomatic relations with self-ruled island, while a delegation went to Beijing to discuss potentially switching allegiance.

China, US rivalry in Pacific may heat up as Solomon Islands looks to switch ties from Taipei to Beijing
Premier Li Keqiang says a China-South Korea-Japan trade deal will safeguard peace and stability in Asia

Seoul and Tokyo are urged to deal ‘appropriately’ with ‘sensitive’ possibility of new US weapons systems in Asia at foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing.

23 Aug 2019 - 12:59AM

Seoul and Tokyo are urged to deal ‘appropriately’ with ‘sensitive’ possibility of new US weapons systems in Asia at foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing.

Premier Li Keqiang says a China-South Korea-Japan trade deal will safeguard peace and stability in Asia
Japan and South Korea raise concerns about Hong Kong protests in meeting with Chinese foreign minister

Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha discuss situation in the city during a summit with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

21 Aug 2019 - 11:17PM

Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha discuss situation in the city during a summit with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Japan and South Korea raise concerns about Hong Kong protests in meeting with Chinese foreign minister
China may try to ‘play active role’ in defusing tensions between Japan and South Korea

Foreign ministers from the three countries will meet in Beijing next week amid strained ties between Seoul and Tokyo.

17 Aug 2019 - 10:46PM

Foreign ministers from the three countries will meet in Beijing next week amid strained ties between Seoul and Tokyo.

China may try to ‘play active role’ in defusing tensions between Japan and South Korea
Vietnam demands Chinese ship leave disputed waters as end of fishing ban threatens to inflame tensions

Vietnam protests against ‘repeated Chinese violations’ from surveyors as fishing fleets head for contested waters around the Paracel Islands and the Scarborough Shoal.

17 Aug 2019 - 11:39PM

Vietnam protests against ‘repeated Chinese violations’ from surveyors as fishing fleets head for contested waters around the Paracel Islands and the Scarborough Shoal.

Vietnam demands Chinese ship leave disputed waters as end of fishing ban threatens to inflame tensions
Beijing starts military exercise in disputed South China Sea as tensions with Vietnam rise

Three-day training drill near Paracels starts on Tuesday as Hanoi faces pressure at home over Vanguard Bank stand-off.

15 Aug 2019 - 8:15PM

Three-day training drill near Paracels starts on Tuesday as Hanoi faces pressure at home over Vanguard Bank stand-off.

Beijing starts military exercise in disputed South China Sea as tensions with Vietnam rise
China tells India it is ‘highly concerned’ about situation in Kashmir

Foreign Minister Wang Yi says New Delhi’s move to strip the region of its special status will ‘trigger regional tension’ and calls for dispute to be settled ‘through peaceful means’.

13 Aug 2019 - 9:51AM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi says New Delhi’s move to strip the region of its special status will ‘trigger regional tension’ and calls for dispute to be settled ‘through peaceful means’.

China tells India it is ‘highly concerned’ about situation in Kashmir
China hoping to rebuild ties with Philippines after angry backlash over sinking of fishing boat in South China Sea

Rodrigo Duterte’s latest visit to Beijing offers a chance to mend fences but he must also defuse domestic anger over the Reef Bank incident.

11 Aug 2019 - 9:10PM

Rodrigo Duterte’s latest visit to Beijing offers a chance to mend fences but he must also defuse domestic anger over the Reef Bank incident.

China hoping to rebuild ties with Philippines after angry backlash over sinking of fishing boat in South China Sea
Harry Potter website bows to fans’ demands that it restore Taiwan to China in drop-down menu

Wizarding World started to refer to self-governing island simply as ‘Taiwan’ in May after student objected to China suffix, but mainland fans threaten to turn their backs on books and movie franchise.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:09PM

Wizarding World started to refer to self-governing island simply as ‘Taiwan’ in May after student objected to China suffix, but mainland fans threaten to turn their backs on books and movie franchise.

Harry Potter website bows to fans’ demands that it restore Taiwan to China in drop-down menu
Beijing is using Chinese tourists to inflict economic pain – but does it work?

Ban on individual mainland travellers going to Taiwan is the latest move to apply pressure on the self-ruled island, and it’s not the first time China has used tourism restrictions in this way.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:14PM

Ban on individual mainland travellers going to Taiwan is the latest move to apply pressure on the self-ruled island, and it’s not the first time China has used tourism restrictions in this way.

Beijing is using Chinese tourists to inflict economic pain – but does it work?
Chinese officials have finally discovered Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?

Senior diplomats have started using Donald Trump’s medium of choice to convey Beijing’s message directly to the world but it could prove a double-edged sword.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

Senior diplomats have started using Donald Trump’s medium of choice to convey Beijing’s message directly to the world but it could prove a double-edged sword.

Chinese officials have finally discovered Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?
Canada’s detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou ‘angered Chinese people’

Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for ‘quick and proper’ resolution to get relations back on track, during meeting with Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland.

3 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for ‘quick and proper’ resolution to get relations back on track, during meeting with Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland.

Canada’s detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou ‘angered Chinese people’
Top Indian official to miss talks in China on sweeping Asian free trade deal

Domestic legislative obligations will stop Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal from attending the RCEP meeting in Zhengzhou, lowering hopes of wrapping up the agreement.

30 Jul 2019 - 10:26PM

Domestic legislative obligations will stop Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal from attending the RCEP meeting in Zhengzhou, lowering hopes of wrapping up the agreement.

Top Indian official to miss talks in China on sweeping Asian free trade deal
Chinese military starts Taiwan Strait drills amid rising tension with US over island

Analysts suggest first simultaneous operations in region since 1995-96 Taiwan Strait crisis may be a response to Washington’s US$2 billion arms sale to island.

30 Jul 2019 - 3:17AM

Analysts suggest first simultaneous operations in region since 1995-96 Taiwan Strait crisis may be a response to Washington’s US$2 billion arms sale to island.

Chinese military starts Taiwan Strait drills amid rising tension with US over island
Japan-South Korea tensions could dash China’s hopes for a trade deal

Beijing sees trilateral agreement as important strategy against aggressive US policy but disputes may prevent progress this year.

27 Jul 2019 - 10:39PM

Beijing sees trilateral agreement as important strategy against aggressive US policy but disputes may prevent progress this year.

Japan-South Korea tensions could dash China’s hopes for a trade deal
China’s commerce ministry counts high cost of courting trade deals

Overseas trips go over budget as Beijing seeks to speed up deals to offset trade pressure from US.

22 Jul 2019 - 9:47PM

Overseas trips go over budget as Beijing seeks to speed up deals to offset trade pressure from US.

China’s commerce ministry counts high cost of courting trade deals
China’s neighbours bolster their coastguards as stand-off stokes tensions in disputed South China Sea

Philippines and Vietnam moved to empower their coastguards after heavily armed Chinese and Vietnamese coastguard ships began eyeing one another at Vanguard Bank.

21 Jul 2019 - 12:28PM

Philippines and Vietnam moved to empower their coastguards after heavily armed Chinese and Vietnamese coastguard ships began eyeing one another at Vanguard Bank.

China’s neighbours bolster their coastguards as stand-off stokes tensions in disputed South China Sea
KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu faces uphill battle in Taiwan presidential race

Analysts say he will need to mend fences with closest rival, Foxconn founder Terry Gou, amid speculation the billionaire may run as an independent.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:52AM

Analysts say he will need to mend fences with closest rival, Foxconn founder Terry Gou, amid speculation the billionaire may run as an independent.

KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu faces uphill battle in Taiwan presidential race
Former US national security adviser Susan Rice calls Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian ‘a racist disgrace’ after Twitter tirade

China’s deputy chief of mission in Pakistan took aim at the United States, prompting former national security adviser to call for him to be sent home.

16 Jul 2019 - 5:50PM

China’s deputy chief of mission in Pakistan took aim at the United States, prompting former national security adviser to call for him to be sent home.

Former US national security adviser Susan Rice calls Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian ‘a racist disgrace’ after Twitter tirade
China’s new icebreaker Snow Dragon II ready for Antarctica voyage later this year

Home-made polar research vessel commissioned amid rising tensions with US in resource-rich polar regions.

13 Jul 2019 - 12:45AM

Home-made polar research vessel commissioned amid rising tensions with US in resource-rich polar regions.

China’s new icebreaker Snow Dragon II ready for Antarctica voyage later this year
Chinese frigate’s arrival in Colombo under Sri Lanka flag emblematic of Beijing power play in Indian Ocean

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena nails his colours firmly to mast and tells Washington he will not compromise his nation’s security in deal with the US.

9 Jul 2019 - 2:06AM

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena nails his colours firmly to mast and tells Washington he will not compromise his nation’s security in deal with the US.

Chinese frigate’s arrival in Colombo under Sri Lanka flag emblematic of Beijing power play in Indian Ocean
China may offer reduced tariffs to push through mega regional trade pact

Beijing will for the first time host ministers from 15 other nations involved in Regional and Comprehensive Economic Partnership talks.

5 Jul 2019 - 10:37PM

Beijing will for the first time host ministers from 15 other nations involved in Regional and Comprehensive Economic Partnership talks.

China may offer reduced tariffs to push through mega regional trade pact
Sri Lanka could help Chinese manufacturers offset trade war impact

Development minister leads high-level investment forum in Beijing, pointing to free-trade advantages to offset trade war pressures for Chinese factories.

4 Jul 2019 - 11:03PM

Development minister leads high-level investment forum in Beijing, pointing to free-trade advantages to offset trade war pressures for Chinese factories.

Sri Lanka could help Chinese manufacturers offset trade war impact
Be on alert for July 4 holiday security risks, China warns its citizens in the United States

Caution comes after reports that US law enforcement personnel on alert for possible terrorist attacks over Independence Day.

3 Jul 2019 - 9:41PM

Caution comes after reports that US law enforcement personnel on alert for possible terrorist attacks over Independence Day.

Be on alert for July 4 holiday security risks, China warns its citizens in the United States
To help narrow its chip gap, Beijing looks east to Taiwan

Mainland China has stepped up its efforts to attract skilled tech workers as it aims for self-reliance in the semiconductor industry.

2 Jul 2019 - 2:35AM

Mainland China has stepped up its efforts to attract skilled tech workers as it aims for self-reliance in the semiconductor industry.

To help narrow its chip gap, Beijing looks east to Taiwan